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Member Of The Week - Simon Batchelar

PLATF9RM is pleased to introduce Simon Batchelar, Digital Director at Pallant Digital, and part of Word Press experts, WP tasks.

Hi Simon! You run Pallant Digital, a web design and digital agency, and WP Tasks, a WordPress support company looking after Wordpress websites. WP Tasks is your newest venture, can you tell us about how this is developing?

Basically, we’re currently talking to individual’s who need help with their wordpress sites and websites, but we’re looking to talk to companies or agencies who are looking to grow their revenue. Because our service has unlimited updates, its easy for people to resell what we sell, so they can put a mark up on top, and their clients will never know we were their. We do all the work; they get all the credit.

It seems you’ve been very busy, how are you managing running both?

With a combination of apps and calendars. Trying to stick to what you’ve planned to do each day, and not get distracted by dogs and coffee. Stay on target.

As you’ve said yourself, big corporate digital agencies aren’t for you. What steared you toward this decision?

We grew to quite a big agency size in 2015, then we had to pivot the agency, which meant downsizing quite rapidly. It was quite hard, but we got we got back to what we love doing, rather than being seperated by running a big agency. It just wasn’t much fun. The way we do it now is how we love doing it, that’s why we started the business year ago. We got away from that when it was too big, now we’re having more fun, and we’re enjoying it more. Which is the main reason you run your own business, to have fun doing it.

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What drew you to PLATF9RM?

Being able to sit in a different place everyday. The worst bit about having a job that revolves around a computer, it means you have to have sit at a desk everyday. At least you can have a different desk everyday. Somedays I can be by the window, or other days go upstairs and focus.

What part of PLATF9RM are you most enjoying?

I enjoy being able to meet new people, and I think it’s cool to feel like being in a big company. In that, there’s lots of people here, Like you’ve snuck into someone else’s work place. But everyone’s doing lots of different things, so it’s interesting. Being a freelancer, it’s really appealing. It’s cool to share stuff with people, and talk to people, otherwise you’d be in your living room.

Is there anybody you’re interested in connecting with at PLATF9RM?

Basically just anybody that’s interested in building websites who wants to chat and moan about it, even if they’re not interested in specifically buying wordpress support. Because we’ve been building and fixing websites for 15 years, so we’ve done our fair share of the client cycle, “I’ve broken it, can you fix it”. It’s also fun to meet other web developers, and see how they’re doing it.

After a long week, how do you like to blow off steam?

I go paragliding. Or if the winds not right, more often than not, I ride my bike or go to the beach, depending how energetic i’m feeling.

We’re all guilty of shower singing from time-to-time, what’s your favourite shower anthem? Any reason why?

'Busy Earnin' by Jungle, got that huge sound of ‘lets do this’, embarrassingly high to do in public, but in the shower it’s always perfect.

Thanks Simon, we hope you continue to enjoy your time here at PLATF9RM!

9 Alternative Ways To Get Around Brighton

You might have a car but, this being the city of Caroline Lucas, there are many more environmentally friendly ways to traverse Brighton’s streets. Here’s 9 alternative ways to get around.

1. Swim!

Okay, fair dos. If you’re of sound mind, you’re not going anywhere near that grainy ocean expanse between October and April. But for six months of the year it links the whole city, from Hove Lawns to the Marina. You’ll just have to get someone to leave you a towel at the other end.

2. Volk’s Electric Railway

Volk’s Electric Railway is the oldest operating electric railway. Opened in 1883 under the eye of its inventor, Marcus Volk, it originally only ferried tourists between the old Chain Pier (destroyed in 1896) and the aquarium. Now it’ll ferry you up to the dizzy heights of Black Rock, with the cat-calls of tipsy hen-dos ringing in your ears.

3. Brighton Bikes

Since starting back in September 2017, BTN Bikeshare has been a huge success. Users of the bikes have collectively cycled over 500,000 miles and there are now 52 docking stations throughout the city. Whether you’re in Roedean or the depths of Southwick, there is no more efficient way to get across the city. We don’t need to tell you to remember your helmets, do we?
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4. Skateboard

Brighton’s skate culture is as long as its coastline, and many is the local who goes misty-eyed with sentimentality when recalling the halcyon days of youth at The Level. First air. First kisses. First cigarettes. First furtive touch of pale, speckled flesh. (Or is that just us?) There’s a thousand stories in those wheels, so we say keep them rolling.

5. Join a Running Club

There’s an abundance of running clubs in town: RunBrighton, The Run Squad, and Brighton & Hove Running Club will all get you pounding the streets. You don’t even have to pay extra for the endorphins.

6. SUP Is The One

Stand-Up Paddle-boarding, is hands-down the most relaxing way to get around. Don’t believe us? Here’’s what PLATF9RM member Andy Broughton has to say about it:

“I love cruising through the still waters on my board on a calm day when the sea is like a milk pond, or trying to catch a wave at low tide as the sun sets. It’s about being in the moment and letting all those day-to-day thoughts and stresses slip away.”

7. Brighton Zipline

Depending on your attitude to heights, the Brighton Zip will either be the most exciting or the most godawful stupid way to travel 300 metres up Madeira Drive. For those who really revel in the odd replication of plummeting to certain death – or maybe just full body paralysis! – there’s also the Drop Zone, in which you free fall for 24 metres.

8. Parkour

If you’ve seen the guys practicing parkour next to the paddling pool in Hove, you’ll know parkour is seemingly a way to get super buff. Why not join them – please, please do some classes with The Urban Academy first – and in the same breath get around in a way that makes us mortal walkers seem like the timid, adrenaline-shy dullards we are.

9. Walking

Strap on those Air Force Ones and hit the tarmac, friend

PLATF9RM Is Named Runner Up IPSE Co-Working Space Of The Year!

We are beyond proud to announce that we were voted runner up Co-Working Space Of The Year at the IPSE Awards!

IPSE (Association of Independent Professionals & the Self-Employed) are the brains behind National Freelancers Day and support the 4.8million people that make up the UK’s freelance and self-employed economy. They, more than anyone, know the ins and outs of going alone in business and we’re honoured to have come second out of the awesome final four: Impact Hub in Birmingham, Clockwise in Glasgow and of course the 2018 winners Avenue HQ in Liverpool!. Congratulations guys!

We’ve been on an incredible journey since opening a little over 18 months ago. We’ve grown from zero to over 600 members across two sites and we have a lot up our sleeves for the coming year. There has been blood, sweat and plenty of tears but every single drop has been worth it!

Most importantly, we’ve achieved this through the belief of our members: we know we talk (a lot) about the PLATF9RM community but it is genuinely at the heart of everything we’re trying to achieve. Every single day we come in and see you guys creating, achieving, disrupting. It’s an inspiration and we cannot wait to find out what you will do next. Here’s to the next 18 months, and far beyond that...


The INF9RMER Newsletter is matt-iculously crafted, lovingly nutured, tossed in garlic and then cooked at 200℃ for 15 minutes, by PLATF9RM's Front of House team member Matt. If you have any exciting upcoming projects within your company, would like to let everyone know how your business is progressing in some way, or have a future event coming up - then feel free to email Matt, drop him a message on Slack or come find him in person for a quick chat.

Randomise, Idiot's Guides and Companies Growing in Size!

Starting this week's INF9RMER, the way that all week's should be started - Bison Beer treated us all to sneak peak of their soon to be opening Bar/Hideout down on North Road. Next up, a very generous offer from Laura Turner, Director at Altitude Camps, a summer camp organisation run up in the Swiss Alps.

This was closely followed by a small trip south-east on the map down to Croatia - a marketing campaign by Tim Powell, Senior Designer at Rockstar Energy Drinks where you can win tickets to the Outlook Music Festival. Jim Turner from Customer Thermometer and his radily growing team have managed to bag themselves a fresh new office. Whilst Nigel Berman from School of the Wild was letting us all know about the variety of events he is running over July!

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The travel guru himself, Jesse Sharp let everyone know that he is now running a free consultation session for PLATF9RM Members up on floor 6 every Wednesday (there's even chocolate!). Chris Reynolds and his wife Hazel had the arrival of their second child Cora, whilst Chris had his 5 minutes of fame TV Debut on Channel 4's Buy It Now, promoting Gamely Ltd's card game Randomise.

Fiona Bugler introduced us to her 'Idiots Guide to Content Marketing' whilst filling us in on the online stories she produces over at Endurance Women. We finished this week's amazingly diverse array of news with yet again, two new recruits over in Hove Town Hall, Luke and Tom who are the newest recruits over at Vivid Tech Recruitment - i'm sure they will get everybody's warmest welcomes!